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Zaid Al Rayes


Name: Zaid Al Rayes
Nationality: Syria Syrian Arab Republic

Zaid  Al Rayes is a 27 years old Syrian refugee and entrepreneur living in Dubai. Al Rayes experienced the realities of violent extremism and conflict in his country and grasped the challenges facing young refugees in accessing the job market. He has developed a business model to address these challenges and has succeeded in creating more than 500 jobs for vulnerable youth, especially refugees, through his Al Rayes Group.

Al Rayes is currently resuming his PhD degree in the same field in which he publishes academic research  related to youth empowerment and entrepreneurship.
Beside his running and leading to AL Rayes Group, he works with national and international organizations such as HEDAYAH, White Helmets, Arab Though Foundation and OYW on topics such as youth empowerment. Al Rayes has won the Young Entrepreneur Award by SHARAA, 2018.

More about Zaid

Open to: Training young people on entrepreneurship and leadership; Speaking about the role of economics in PVE; Researching and learning about PVE work and the effectiveness of its initiatives worldwide.
Areas of Expertise:
Geographical Scope: Syria, Jordan and Lebanon; Turkey; GCC;  Middle East.


Article – Business Insider: Stopping The Cycle of Violent Extremism Has Nothing to do With Religion
Article – UAE: hUN Summit gives student ideas on rebuilding his native Syria
Article- OYW:  hMeet the young leaders fighting against Violent Extremism.


  • Introducing Extremely Together Zaid Al Rayes of Syria